The landscape of acceptable food has certainly changed over the years. Family traditions, new inventions, and general tastes have all shifted over time. Some things, like mashed potatoes and turkey, have stayed constant. But it's those pesky side dishes that have really done some soul-searching.
Now, you'll see stuffing, a vegetable of some sorts, maybe a casserole? And of course, gravy.
But what were sides like back in the day? Surely they were different than what will be on the table this weekend.
Here's some of the most cringe-worthy vintage side dishes we found. If you still eat these...well our apologies. But come on. Jell-O??
1. Cranberry Candle Salad
If you've ever thought to yourself, "I've really got a hankering for some cranberry sauce but also some mayonnaise but also some Jell-O" then look no further! This Cranberry Candle salad is all of those things combined. And once you've actually formed the candle shape, you would put an ACTUAL candle on top. Mmmm...waxy.
2. Candied Sweet Potatoes With Angostura Bitters
This one could go either way, really. The bitters could really take away from the extra sugar you've added to something already containing the word 'sweet' in it. But this also feels like a literal recipe for disaster.
3. Turkey And Stuffing On Jell-O
This just feels like a bad idea. Turkey and stuffing ON TOP of cranberry-orange Jell-O? Is this dessert or dinner? We'll never know.
4. Creamed Onions
Ok so I couldn't find an actual picture of creamed onions, but I found a recipe for them. Apparently people used this instead of gravy? Which frankly I find offensive. Who wants a mouthful of onions, anyways?
5. Winter Corn
Okay, I will confess, this one actually sounds delicious. I'm a closeted lover of creamed corn, so it already captured my heart. Although I can understand the disdain towards it. Creamy corn mixed with sour cream? And chopped bacon? Actually no. I don't understand why people don't eat this every day.
6. Frozen Jellied Turkey Vegetable Salad
ENOUGH WITH THE JELL-O!!!!! What was the obsession? I don't get it. This recipe was basically the inside of a chicken pot pie. Cream of celery soup, salad dressing, diced turkey, vegetables, and gelatin. Then it got frozen. And then you ate it. While it was frozen. Like some kind of turkey-Jell-O ice cream dessert.
7. Jell-O Fruit Cornucopia
So I understand the logic behind this one, I guess. And at least it's all fruit flavors. But this doesn't exactly look appetizing. I'm very glad we're sticking with pumpkin pie now.
8. Sweet and Sour Tang Popcorn
No pictures of this existed, and probably for good reason. It's kind of like off-brand caramel corn. But...with Tang. Safe to say this was only around for a short while in the 70's.
9. Hot Dr. Pepper
Cold drinks didn't sell well in the winter, for obvious reasons. So Dr. Pepper decided to market their drink as a warm choice. It went over...all right? People didn't seem to hate the idea, but it wasn't a first choice by any stretch.
Do you have any vintage side dishes you remember? Let us know in the comments!